New Release: Bending All the Rules DVD

Bradley Cooper has proved he’s a star, what with The Hangover, The A-Team and Limitless. On June 21, 2011, Lionsgate released a movie Bradley made before he was Jennifer Garner’s pal in TV’s Alias (bet you’d forgotten he was in that): Bending All the Rules, a blah romantic comedy from 2002. The DVD carries the list price of $26.98.

Lionsgate’s press materials synopsize the movie like this: “Kenna (Colleen Porch, I Know Who Killed Me) is a serial dater, who always puts her love life behind her career. When she finally lands her lifetime dream — her own photography exhibition — her cool and casual personal life turns hot too. Kenna finds herself being pursued by two very different men: Jeff (Cooper), the sensitive artsy type, and Martin (David Gail, The Belly of the Beast), the slick man of power. The two vie for Kenna’s affection, and she wonders if she can have both love and success.”

Originally entitled Carnival Knowledge (not bad!) and written and directed by one-time filmmakers Morgan Klein and Peter Knight, Bending All the Rules was filmed in the Tampa Bay area and wasn’t released in theaters except for a reported “premiere” on a local screen.

Lionsgate didn’t put any special features on the DVD.

Here’s the trailer for the movie. What do you think?


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.